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      07-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #15
SLICKTITTLES
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You beat me to the punch-been meaning to post something like this

HOWEVER

I'm willing to bet none of the above resolutions will solve your problem. Your problem is quite simple-BMW put reverse in a horrible location.

Aggressive driving requires aggressive shifting-which in turn leads to throwing the car into second harder than you would driving normally (DUH).

With that being said, when you’re downshifting from 3-2, you’re throwing the shifter over too far and missing the opening for 2nd gear-traveling down the line towards reverse. If somehow anyone’s confused by what I just said-look at the beautiful artwork BMW laid out on your shifter.

Next time you’re driving aggressively be that on the street or track (preferably track), loosen up and relax on that downshift and you’ll feel it come to you as easily as when you’re cruising.

One more thing I should say-being you’re a competent driver-imagine racing as a dance or ballet in how everything flows together seamlessly when the reality isn’t so. Hell, even imagine the music they’re dancing too! Trust me, it’ll calm your nerves, loosen you up and allow you to be a better (and quicker) driver. After all, you want to be graceful right? Not the guy mashing the brakes on and off and missing shifts.

I’m not saying downshift slower, I’m saying be more smooth and calm about it and you won’t overshoot your mark. If you have the means, to speed up the process, get behind the wheel or even passenger in a faster car on the track-it’ll better develop your understanding of speed. The body naturally reacts to what it believes is impending danger-if you can control that reaction by heightening your threshold for danger (speed), you’ll be shedding SECONDS in no time.

Apologies if this came off as a bit cocky and/or angry, but I couldn’t stand going all clutch and brake before finally finding the elusive 2nd gear. If only reverse was on the other side…and to the bottom haha
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